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CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm EST
would ask our representatives, our senators, our president not to take this over the fiscal cliff, but get something done and take care of us in a sensible way instead of waiting to the last minute on all these different issues. thank you for my time. host: thank you. another comment on our #fiscalcliff, "congress is so incompetent, i hope everyone is so happy about who they voted for in november." the 112 congress will be wrapping up this week. the 113th congress will be in on january 3. we have a number of news reports of. this is about what is going on behind the scene. senator tom harkin weighing in on this on the senate floor. >> i was disturbed to read in the washington post this morning that some kind of agreements are being made here, somehow that democrats have agreed to raise the level from two lenders $50,000 to $450,000 -- from $250,000 to $450,000 and there was an agreement reached that we keep the estate taxes at the $5 million level at 35%. all i can say is, democrats do not agree with that. not at all. what it looks like is it looks like all of the tax things will be made permanent, but all o
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 1:00pm EST
cannot get its act together and do its job on this fiscal cliff. i seriously believe that if they do not get a dozen in this congress that the 113th congress will get it done. host: the hundred 13 congress comes in on thursday. we will be live from capitol hill with that. in the meantime we have at least today and tomorrow of the 112th congress. michelle is in palm bay, a republican. caller: i wish responding to the comments earlier when the guest baker was on about well for -- welfare reform. i see way too many people taking advantage of our welfare system. i agree it should be there in emergency situation. there needs to be a cap on it. i have seen multiple people taking advantage of the program, and driving brand new cars, having brand new iphones and crap when they're taking free money from us. host: jeremy, an independent. caller: i feel that we need to free fall completely over the fiscal cliff. host: why? caller: our conference is broken. our government is fundamentally broken. things do not work. host: what would you like to see happen or change? caller: effective immediately i would like for my fellow citizens to agree to an immediate reduction in the s
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
fiscal cliff? guest: a $1 trillion budget deficit we have been running annually, that is unsustainable. something needs to be addressed. the shrinking of the time. we have, one has to get something done quickly and then a grand bargain as to get done in the springtime to fundamentally address the long- term budget deficit. but we have to get over the short-term obstacle. we're not looking for any specifics related to whether it should be government spending cuts, tax increases, but one thing we are very mindful of is that some politicians have been discussing a mortgage interest deduction as a revenue source. we are opposed to that. 7500 homeowners will be impacted by that. we are aware of that being on the table. host: when you talk of a grand bargain later on, if you are looking at the short term fix and then a grand bargain later on, the mortgage interest deduction could go away. would the realtors fight that deduction? guest: i don't think it will go away. it always comes on the table every decade or so. it's been in place a hundred years. we have to recognize over this time span that 13 u.s. presidents were able to handle the budget to ration without touching the mortgage interest deduc
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 10:00am EST
representatives already did the job to avert the fiscal cliff. we did this work. it was completed last august. . we were able to offset any spending cuts. the work was done. the problem is the senate never took up the completed work of the house. and the president of the united states spent the last half of this year continually castigating the house of representatives for not having its work done. when we did our work. so out of nowhere, again, not at the request of congress, the president decided to make a very unlovely party to this conversation, the congress, even less palatable by putting upon us the idea that we wanted to raise our own salary when we had nothing whatsoever to do with that. that's why over the weekend i directed my staff that we would put forth a bill to take away this unilateral increase of salary for congress at the president's hand. we put our bill together, mr. fitzpatrick put his bill together. we both introduced bills yesterday. and i'm very happy to be a part of this bill, as every member of congress is happy to be for this bill because after all this has nothing to do with the conversation. this is a cynical effort on the part of
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
letting people know about the medicare fiscal cliff. senator corker has done some very good work over the last several months in a variety of areas in fiscal matters. a proposal of his that has attracted my support which he will describe is a proposal to help make the medicare program solvent by reducing the growth of out of control spending by nearly $1 trillion in exchange for the expected request from the president for a $1 trillion increase in the debt limit. taking these two provisions together over the next few weeks will provide certainty for the economy, will be the linchpin for a budget agreement that will get the economy going again. republicans and the two of us have said we are ready to do a this, butiety to do of ri we have to address the medicare fiscal cliff, or the seniors or soon thereafter young americans will be pushed over the cliff and will look at us and wonder why we did not do anything. i am proud to join the center core or in support of his proposal, and i would like him to describe it and say whatever he would like to say. >> take it, lamar. it is a tremendous pl
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 5:00pm EST
thing we have done that is critically important is extend unemployment benefits for one year. two million americans would have lost their unemployment benefits this morning as a result of this fiscal cliff if we had not taken action. it means an awful lot in illinois. we have literally tens of thousands in my own state that face the same basic problem. these are people who have been out of work for a long time. some are in school. some are taking courses for retraining. all are trying to keep their family together, not lose their home while their unemployed. -- they are unemployed. this was the president's second highest priority and it was included in this package. review ask the congressional budget office where to spend $1 to help the economy, they will be clear that it is unemployment benefits. the dollar you spend on unemployment benefits go back into the economy. they are spending it on goods and services to get by, utility bills, rent, mortgage payments, food, clothing, the basics of life. each dollar has a multiplier effect. it is $1.60 ultimately into the economy. it is n
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 10:00am EST
going on in washington, does your association have a favorable path towards achieving the fiscal cliff? guest: a $1 trillion budget deficit we have been running annually, that is unsustainable. something needs to be addressed. the shrinking of the time. we have, one has to get something done quickly and then a grand bargain as to get done in the springtime to fundamentally address the long- term budget deficit. but we have to get over the short-term obstacle. we're not looking for any specifics related to whether it should be government spending cuts, tax increases, but one thing we are very mindful of is that some politicians have been -- >> we're going to go now to andrews air force base with air force one burning president obama back. he is in route to the white house today after celebrating christmas in hawaii with his family. he is returning early from his holiday to address to andrews air issues of the fiscal cliff. speaker boehner said that the senate must act first. senators are in session right now. there is the plane landing. this is live coverage on c-span. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> and we have been watching the president's return to join based andrews. andrew to the white house n
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
finish the task before us in reaching an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. democrats are ready to work and, yes, ready to compromise. we understand we will not get it all our way. the legislative process is about compromise, democracy is about compromise. we have not done much of that this year, and frankly that house has been an extraordinarily pardontisan house where we passed legislation after legislation which the leadership knew it would not be adopted by the senate and the president would veto it. that has not been a constructive experience for the house or constructive experience for america. dayould hope the speaker to would call the house back into session to address these serious challenges confronting our country and giving confidence to our people, that their government is at work, that their government can work, and that their government will work. thank you very much. questions? yes. >> did you get a communication from the majority leader that they would be coming back? >> they would be discussing it today. i know they are discussing that issue. very frankly, the house has to initiate revenue bills. the house failed to send a bill out, as you know, last week, because the republican party could not come to an agreement. so i do not have a repre
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 1:05am EST
can be put on the table. one is i have come slowly but fiscal cliff, because i think it will actually drive government toward thinking in transformative ways, which really needs to be done. we have wrung all the inefficiencies about government by -- a certain school of management. we need to recognize that it is not going to come from or be driven from the federal level. citizens have more interaction with local government and state federal government. with the federal government are extremely limited. so i think we need to turn some of these things around and focus more on high-value applications. force did a wonderful job -- what do citizens want from the government? where would they want to see applications made available to them? citizens -- to the extent they're satisfied with government at all, they are satisfied more with their e- there are things that we can build on, the trust been one of -- is one of the most critical issues. >> yes, one of the things citizens want is speed. i ordered something the other day online and was at my house in two days. compare that with a federal agency where i was required to fax them a form, eight weeks go by, the deadline is missed,
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